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Vinnie Jones on The First Premier League Season & Chelsea

- 08:05, 5th May 2020

Vinnie Jones is writing a new weekly column on Easyodds.com called By The Balls. The Ex-footballer and Hollywood actor will be giving his unbiased, straight-to-the-point opinions on all that is happening in the world of sport every Tuesday.

I’d like to say the memories came flooding back when I saw the Sky Sports post on Instagram from the Premier League launch in 1992 - but I can’t even remember why was I there in the first place! 

It wasn’t to do with the hangover I was nursing - although I was. I didn’t even have the right boots on, Wisey had to half-inch some for me and they weren’t my sponsor’s boots.

They weren’t happy and I got a bollocking for that.

No, it’s because looking at the picture it’s all captains, I think, and Andy Townsend was Chelsea captain that season - not me.

All I can think of is ‘The Beak’ was having his bugle fixed or something! Maybe he'd gone in for some nose hair trimming?

Only joking Andy, he’s a top man. Wisey came up with his nickname - they were great times at Chelsea. It’s probably the best banter I’ve had of any of my teams, although I didn’t do bad at any of them really.

But the stick that used to fly round at Chelsea between the first team and the reserves was legendary.

‘Bobby’ Stuart used to get it big-time. Wisey called him ‘The Bib’ because after training he’d always get the yellow bib - for the best trainer.

It didn't matter if he’d played sh** in training, he’d always get the bib from the manager Ian Porterfield.

And the card schools were different gear, too.

I remember being on a pre-season tour of Canada - and the cards were often out.

More often than not, they’d be me, Wisey, Tony Cascarino, Andy Townsend and Kerry Dixon, and I remember Wisey refusing to get on the team coach which we were sharing with Dundee Utd if I remember - it was one of those round-robin tournaments.

But we decided to have it large.

Wisey called a limo to take us to the ground. We told them we didn't want to see the opposition before the game, but really it was because we could carry on the card school and a few quid was being thrown around.

Thankfully Porterfield and his assistant Stan Ternent turned a blind eye. They knew we’d deliver on the pitch - and we did.

Stan’s a great guy - I really loved working with him at Chelsea.

We had a golf tournament in Spain one year and me and Wisey raided his room, put all his stuff on the balcony - bed, wardrobe, suitcase, kit etc - and nicked his passport.

That was his ID for the casino and meant he had to stay in the bar.

Stan saw the funny side and had the last laugh. He got his own back, but you can’t imagine that happening to Klopp, can you?

There was certainly a different type of team spirit then! But we had a great time - ‘Cas’, in particular, is a great laugh.

We weren't a bad team either and I used to get right involved with the fans at the Bridge.

I’d joined the previous season and we had a good FA Cup run that year. We got to the quarter-finals, losing in a relay up at Sunderland. Clive Allen had come in from Man City and scored some important goals. Me and Wisey getting the goals away at Hull also stands out.

Going back to the picture, it’s amazing how many teams aren’t even in the Premier League now. Some of the kids might even struggle to work out the kits - let alone who the players are. It’s a good quiz question I reckon. Try it!

Hopefully we’ll be talking about proper football soon. There’s still some tough decisions to be made it seems, but at least other sports are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. The golf courses are talking about opening soon, which is good.

We’re still playing over here in certain states, although I’ve given Palm Springs a miss this week. It’s too hot - well over 100 degrees - but I managed to play down in Ventura County this week - there’s some cracking courses there.

In the last game I played well for 15 holes and sh** the last three. I lost the money.

But getting the money is exactly what the boys at Easyodds have been doing, they tell me. They’re all over the US horses - check them out.

As ever, it’s been emotional.

Take care,

Vinnie.

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